ProMach Strengthens Robotics Integration Capabilities with Acquisition of Quest Industrial

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Deal expands ProMach’s growing robotics and integrated solutions portfolio and enhances robotic service capabilities across multiple markets

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The latest research shows nearly 30% annual growth for robotic solutions within the food, beverage, and personal care industries and the addition of Quest ensures we have best-in-class solutions to help customers navigate and support this growth.-Mark Anderson, ProMach President & CEO

ProMach, a worldwide leader in packaging machinery solutions, announced today it has acquired Quest Industrial, a leading provider of robotic integration solutions. The addition of Wisconsin-based Quest expands ProMach’s capacity for sophisticated robotics projects, enhances ProMach’s robust robotics support competencies, and strengthens its integrated solutions capabilities for a wide range of applications.

Quest, founded in 2001, is a full-service robotic integrator that specializes in automation solutions across food, beverage, plastics, metal, and other industries needing to automate, better utilize floor space, and improve the flexibility of their production lines. Quest has a strong expertise within the food industry, with leading solutions for dairy, produce, and other markets installed across North America and beyond. Their unique robotic solutions include applications in pick and place, cup filling, knife cutting, vacuum sealing, case erecting, tray forming, palletizing, vision and verification systems, and much more, including bundling multiple application technologies into a single robotic packaging cell. Quest systems are capable of direct food contact with USDA compliant and wash down designs.

“We’re excited to welcome the Quest team to ProMach,” says Mark Anderson, ProMach President and CEO. “Robotics has been a strong growth engine for ProMach recently, with significant double-digit growth over the last few years, driven by customers looking to add automation, flexibility, consistency, and more to their packaging lines. Quest is a high integrity team with a well-earned reputation for designing, fabricating, delivering, and supporting robotic cells to customers across a range of industries.”

Quest is an award-winning FANUC Authorized System Integrator and Certified Vision Specialist and has received recognition from FANUC with the Robotics Innovation Award, multiple Outstanding Sales Growth Awards, and multiple Excellence in Intelligent Robotics Awards.

Don Wickstrum, Founder & CEO of Quest, will join ProMach as Vice President of Business Development for Robotic Solutions. Current Quest President, Bill Weichmann, will join ProMach as Vice President and General Manager of Quest. ProMach will continue to invest in Quest’s team and operations to strengthen their innovative solutions portfolio and accelerate growth and support capabilities in key markets.

“ProMach has a strong reputation in the marketplace for acquiring and integrating companies with minimal disruption and driving organic growth within their product brands by giving them the autonomy to run their business combined with access to ProMach’s resources and network,” says Mr. Wickstrum. “This deal lets Quest continue to grow, expand our operations, add talented team members, and most importantly create additional value for our customers. We are looking forward to working with the entire ProMach team to continue this journey we embarked on nearly two decades ago.”

“The latest PMMI research shows nearly 30% annual growth for robotic solutions within the food, beverage, and personal care industries,” adds Mr. Anderson. “The addition of Quest ensures we have best-in-class robotic solutions to help customers navigate and support this growth, combined with access to the entire ProMach portfolio of solutions to solve almost any packaging challenge, including integrated turnkey systems for complete packaging lines.”

For more information about Quest please call +1 (608) 325-5850 or visit them online at http://www.QuestIndustrial.com.

About ProMach

ProMach is a family of best-in-class packaging solution brands serving manufacturers of all sizes and geographies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household and industrial goods industries. ProMach brands operate across the entire packaging spectrum: filling and capping, flexibles, pharma, product handling, labeling and coding, and end of line. ProMach also provides Performance Services including integrated solutions, design/build, engineering services, and productivity software to optimize packaging line design and deliver maximum uptime.

ProMach designs, manufactures, integrates, and supports the most sophisticated and advanced packaging solutions in the global marketplace. Its diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, depends on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions. ProMach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. For more information about ProMach, visit http://www.ProMachBuilt.com.

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